Dog Nutrition Guide | Dog Food Allergy Information
Food allergies can cause all kinds of bother to your beloved dog, potentially causing vomiting, itchy skin or hot spots on their body. There are ways to combat them, but it starts with us first fully understanding how to recognise these allergies.
Allergies prompt a reaction from your dog’s immune system, often instigated by a carbohydrate or protein found in their regular meal. Frequently troublesome ingredients include wheat, chicken, dairy and beef. After fleas and environmental triggers (such as grass), food allergies are the greatest cause of sore and itchy skin. They’re difficult to detect as many owners misdiagnose the allergy as a food intolerance, but they more commonly present with symptoms such as diarrhoea.
How to treat dog food allergies
Most vets will recommend a 7-day-switch. This is when the old food and the new food are mixed over the period of a week. The ratio of old food to new food is gradually altered until there is none of the old food in the mix. It’s also worth looking into going grain-free or trying a Limited Ingredient Diet.
Here are some other tips that could be worth a try:
- Your vet can prescribe a Veterinary Diet food, such as those from the Royal Canin or Hill’s Prescription range
- Avoid any foods containing the common culprits: beef, dairy chicken or wheat
- Don’t feed anything from your own plate, no matter how longing those puppy dog eyes are!
Strangely, most allergies occur over time after a dog has been eating the same ingredients or food from the same brand again and again.
Whilst we’re all wired to be wary of additives, so far there’s no actual proof that these are to blame for any intolerances. Even so, we’re always huge fans of a natural diet. To be sure that your food features no nasties, opt for something from our Naturediet range – the name says it all!